ASUS Prime is the next evolution of the ASUS motherboard, born of a pedigree that stretches back to 1989. ASUS' team of world-class engineers are passionate about empowering everyone to enjoy the benefits of customization and tuning, and the driving force behind the development of Prime is to make advanced enthusiast controls easily accessible - maximizing performance, stability and compatibility for the very best DIY PC experiences
The Asus PRIME Z270M-PLUS motherboard is the perfect foundation for your Intel Kaby Lake processor-based setup . Its design integrates the Intel Z270 chipset and a LGA 1151 socket, making full use of the performance of the new Kaby Lake processors, while remaining compatible with Skylake processors.
- Maximize your connectivity and speed with integrated Dual M.2 slots, Intel Optane Memory compatibility and a rear USB 3.1 Type C connection
- 5X Protection III Hardware-level safeguards provide component longevity and reliability
- FanXpert 4 Core delivers advanced fan control for dynamic cooling
- Dual Patent-pending Safe Slot Core fortified PCIe slot prevents damage caused by heavyweight GPUs
- On-board 3D-printing mounts for creating unique designs on your customized build
The ASUS PRIME Z270M-PLUS is a well-featured ATX motherboard with Intel's Z270 chipset offering compatibility with Intel's processors from the 6000 and 7000 series. This black-themed board comes with two PCIe x16 Slots, of which one is connected to the chipset via 16 full lanes, while the other is connected electrically via four data links. For I/O and expansion card support, the board provides two PCIe x1 slots and furthermore comes with support for AMD's CrossFireX technology.
The motherboard provides DDR4 RAM compatibility over 4 DIMM slots in ultra-fast dual-channel mode. The memory banks take up to 64 GB RAM and, depending on the processor installed, supports memory clocks of either 2.133 MHz (with Skylake CPUs) or 2.400 MHz (with Kaby Lake CPUs), and overclocking also allows memory modules rated at speeds of up to 3.866 MHz.
In order to connect the very fastest data storage devices, the board comes with two M.2 slots for extreme NVMe M.2 SSDs, as well as six SATA 6G ports for 3,5" or 2,5" hard drives and SSDs (including RAID support). The M.2 ports are connected via four PCIe lanes on the 3.0 standard to the chipset and, in combination with the NVMe protocol, enable a data transfer rate of almost 4 GB/s. This allows M.2 PCIe SSDs to function up to eight times faster than SATA 6G SSDs!
The I/O panel of this motherboard offers connectivity to the new USB specification, USB Type C, a port with a new slim profile and the ability to be plugged in either way. As far as input devices and other gaming peripherals are concerned, the I/O panel also offers two USB 3.0- and two USB 2.0 ports.
If no graphics card is available, the integrated GPU on the Skylake or Kaby Lake CPU allows for monitors to be connected directly to the rear of the motherboard - and HDMI, DVI and VGA ports are available for this purpose.
It does offer a solid set of core features for a keen price – and at a smaller form factor. It’s a good option for building a well-specified small rig.
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